Today, a pre-service teacher, named Meg, who is taking an online course at Grand Valley State University in Michigan, left a comment on my recent blog post, "Phone Books Dead?". In the blog she is writing as an assignment for her course, she writes about her experience of noticing that this course she is taking online is proving to be more work than the other courses she has taken previously.
This is interesting since as I have recently observed that the majority of attendees at my "Frazel Features" at Tappedin.org have been students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate classes where part of the assignment is to participate in an "online chat". As technology as been a large part of my professional life for the last 25 years, I do wonder how long it will be before higher education, promotes the new tools of technology and requires (gasp!) that students be competent and ready to use them in the classroom.
I posted a comment on this student's blog and read her postings and enjoyed her photo (she's blonde, too!) and profile. I wonder how many other students in her class had a response from the person they posted their comments to?
If not, why are we doing this?
By the way, ironically, the phone books are being delivered to my town this week, proving that the phone book is not dead; just obsolete!
Grand Valley State University